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Which VMware product can be installed on and is fully compatible with Server 2008 R2?

Which VMware product can be installed on and is fully compatible with Server 2008 R2?

I need to install a VMware product on a Windows Server 2008 R2 host operating system which will then run several Server 2008 R2 operating systems as guest operating systems.

Exactly which VMware product is fully compatible and able to do this with Windows Server 2008 R2?
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coolsport00Commented:
If you must install a Type 2 (OS-based) hypervisor, I recommend VMware Workstation. But, if you can, check this physical host that has 2K8 on it and see if it's compatible to run vSphere (ESXi), which is a Type 1, baremetal hypervisor. You get less overhead and better use of your physical host resources that way.
HCL: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

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coolsport00Commented:
VMware Workstation is about $199US, but you can get vSphere Hypervisor for free and have a max of 32GB RAM and dual CPUs. VMware Player I believe will run on 2K8 (another host-based hypervisor) and that is also free.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
any of these, but why, just add the Hyper-V Add-On for FREE, and it's Type-1?

Why would you install and inferior product, than installing Hyper-V ?


Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads for Windows OS

VMware Player 4.0 Free Download
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0

VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download (discontinued)
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0

VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/8_0

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0
http://www.virtualbox.org/

Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows
http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/pd4wl/
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KnowledgeableNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
hanccocka,

I'm just interested in trying this in my home test environment.

I'm currently using a desktop computer that has Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V installed on it. I have two Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtual machines that both have Exchange Server 2010 installed on them.

Even though my base machine has 24 GB of physical RAM, the performance is sometimes slow in terms of being able to go through the different parts of the Exchange and Windows consoles.

I just wanted to see if I can get faster performance in my home test lab environment which I use for studying and completing different training and lab exercises.

I wouldn't ever consider doing this in a production environment.
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coolsport00Commented:
Workstation would be your best bet, and most of us use it for our small (very small) labs :)

You have a decent amt of RAM, but how much CPU do you have in your host? Perf shouldn't be too bad, depending on what you allocate, resource-wise, to your VMs.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A Type 2 VMware environment will be slower!

and if you already have Hyper-V installed, you may experience conflicts!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Here's a throught replace your Windoze with ESXi 5.0!
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